Nexans to connect continents to bring high speed broadband to West Africa
Nexans’ first ever intercontinental project will use second generation submarine fibre optic cables to connect the South Atlantic Sea from Brazil to Cameroon
Paris, December 19, 2016 - Huawei Marine Networks has awarded Nexans the contract to supply 6000 km of their second generation submarine Repeatered Optical Cables (ROC) for Phase II of the National Broadband Network (“NBNII”) project linking Cameroon and Brazil. This project will be Nexans’ first intercontinental project and will help to meet the growing data connectivity needs of the African and South American continents.
The cable system will be manufactured and tested at Nexans’ Rognan factory in Norway with delivery completed by end of 2017.
In 2015, Nexans in partnership with Huawei Marine delivered the Nigeria Cameroon Submarine Cable System (“NCSCS”) which constituted Phase I of Cameroon’s National Broadband Network development being developed for Camtel, Cameroon’s national telecom company.
Krister Granlie, Executive Vice President, Hybrid Underwater Cables at Nexans said, “This contract cements the new era of Submarine Fibre Solutions (SFS) for Nexans, and reinforces our long relationship with Huawei Marine Networks.”
“We have worked in close partnership with Nexans extensively since our inception in 2008, and after the success of Phase I of this National Broadband Network rollout, they were the natural choice for Phase II, our first trans-Atlantic project” said Mike Constable, Chief Executive, Huawei Marine Networks.
As a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been the company’s hallmark, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers. Today, the Nexans Group is committed to facilitating energy transition and supporting the exponential growth of data by empowering its customers in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities, smart grids, emobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, submarine interconnections, land high voltage), Telecom & Data (covering data transmission, telecom networks, hyperscale data centers, LAN), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, Oil & Gas, automation, and others). Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans became the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables drives its active involvement within several leading industry associations, including Europacable, The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), International Cablemakers Federation (ICF) or CIGRE to mention a few. Nexans employs more than 26,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2017, the Group generated 6.4 billion euros in sales. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult: www.nexans.com